COLUMBUS, Indiana — Beginning this fall, it will take about three years to complete a $143 million modernization project that will widen Interstate 65 to three lanes in each direction between Seymour and Columbus.

That’s according to preliminary documents submitted for the I-65 Southeast Indiana Project by E&B Paving Inc., of Anderson and United Consulting Engineers Inc., of Indianapolis.

As proposed, actual construction in Bartholomew County will begin next spring on the northern point of the 14.25-mile project, just north of the State Road 58 interchange at the Walesboro-Ogilville Exit 64. Work will move south until the project ends at U.S. 50 in Seymour in 2020.

Besides overpasses and bridges, the project also calls for upgraded crossings over ditches used for flooding overflows.

Read more details in Saturday’s Republic.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5636.